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A two-track, $12 million grant program seeks to identify molecular factors involved in two diseases that affect the lungs.

Details of the deal are sparse, but the partners said they hope their research will lead to the development of genetic tests that can gauge patients’ predisposition to rare diseases and help target individuals most likely to respond to drugs made by MondoBiotech.

The New York Times reports that the US Department of Defense has implemented about half the recommendations made to improve safe handling of dangerous agents.

An Australian-led team has generated a draft genome assembly of the invasive cane toad in hopes it will help in population control, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

In PLOS this week: approach for teasing out archaic introgression in human genomes, immune transcription features in HCV infection, and more.

Stat News reports that Maryland is promoting itself to the biotech industry with a mobile billboard.